"Now Settle Down, Kitty" is the handiwork of "the Badger Guy," local illustrator Carl Whiting, His son, William, self-proclaimed "Badger Boy," is his partner in justice. See more of Carl's protest work at artforthecommongood.com
When we asked you what your "Phrase to Be Banned" would ideally be from the past year, we were expecting conversational tics like "Man up" and "Just sayin'." And while "epic" (as in "epic win," "epic fail" and "it's gonna be epic") made it into the top three, the words you hated most were drawn from state political rhetoric, especially catchphrases used by Republicans to support the "budget repair bill."
While "civil disobedience" technically means refusing to obey the law on principle, poll voters interpreted it more broadly as general protest, and there was much creative protest to choose from: inflatable palm trees, flash mobs, knit-ins, post-its, mud stencils, naked bike rides, "Slob Smith's Capitol Keyshop," vuvuzelas.... Epic.
Favorite Fake Twitter
Favorite Protest Sign
1. Stop the Imperial Walker
2. Does this ass make my sign look big?
3. Screw us and we multiply
Phrase To Be Banned
1. "Wisconsin is open for business."
2. "Giving local government the tools they need..."
Most Creative Act of "Civil Disobedience"
2. Zombie lurch
3. 14 Democratic senators fleeing to Illinois
Government Office You Would Not Miss
1. Governor's office
2. Department of Administration secretary
3. Lieutenant governor
Government Office You Find Most Helpful
1. Department of Natural Resources
2. Madison Streets Deptartment
3. Department of Motor Vehicles
Besides Soglin, Something Else to Bring Back from the '70s
1. Chief of Police David Couper
2. The Club De Wash / Washington Hotel
3. Mad City T-shirts